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Steeped in History As you stroll about the grounds of Cranwell, you are walking through history. Over the years, Cranwell has served as a home to wealthy industrialists, clergy, writers, students, golfers, and culture. The centerpiece of the property, with its extraordinary views of the Berkshires, is the hilltop Tudor-style Mansion, which has dominated the countryside for more than a century. The history of Cranwell is entwined with many stories of the opulent period between 1880 and 1920, known as the Gilded Age. Cranwell was constructed then, and the era’s vision of rural splendor is the source of the exceptional beauty we still revel in today as Cranwell thrives as a premier four-season resort. The resort offers 114 distinctive rooms, one of the largest spas in the Northeast and an 18-hole historic golf course. In the winter, snow turns the course into a cross-country skier paradise. Exquisite cuisine is served in the award-winning Wyndhurst and Music Room, while casual fare can be found in Sloane’s Tavern year-round. Each year, as companies from around the world gather here to meet, Cranwell plays host to storybook weddings of all proportions and indulges guests in contemporary comfort while offering them the experience of a bygone era. Historic Hotels of America Cranwell is a proud member of the prestigious National Trust Historic Hotels of America (HHA), an organization of more than 200 quality hotels that have faithfully maintained their historic architecture and ambience. To be selected for this program, a hotel must be at least 50 years old, listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places or recognized locally as having historic significance. Photo courtesy of The Berkshire Eagle Cranwell Chronology 1803 Ezra Blossom bought the property for $70. 1853 Reverend Ward Beecher, brother of Harriet Beecher Stowe, bought the property for $4,500. 1869 Sold to General John F. Rathbone for $8,000, who razed Beecher’s Cottage & built a Tudor style mansion called Wyndhurst (not today’s building). 1893 John Sloane, a relative of the Vanderbilts (Emily Vanderbilt married his brother William and built Elm Court in 1886) and co-owner of W & J Sloane Furniture, bought the property and built the present mansion, Wyndhurst. 1894 Wyndhurst was completed. Sloane commissioned Frederick Law Olmsted, landscape architect of Central Park, to design the lawn and gardens. 1897 President McKinley visited. 1902 President Roosevelt invited to Wyndhurst for lunch, but he never arrive; his carriage was hit by a street car, a secret serviceman killed and the president thrown out, resulting in minor bruises. 1907 Daughter Evelyn Sloane married William Griswold in one of the largest high society weddings in Lenox. 1920 Property left to Sloane’s daughters who were not interested in retaining the estate. Sold to a group of wealthy developers from New York City and Palm Beach. They purchased it along with Blantyre and Coldbrooke to form the 695 acres and 43 buildings of the Berkshire Hunt and Country Club. 1926 The golf course was built, designed by Wayne Stiles and John Van Kleek. 1929 The Club never fully succeeded and finally closed following the “Crash of ‘29.” 1931 Edward Cranwell of New York City bought the property and used it as a summer home for the next 8 years. He then deeded it to the Society of Jesus of New England to be used as a private school. 1939 The Cranwell School for boys operated for 36 years. 1975 During the years leading up to 1993, the property was operated by a variety of owners and management companies that developed the condominiums on the back nine and began hotel renovations. 1993 Purchased by a group of private investors including Burack Investments, the managing partners. rev. 8/13 Walk Through History A Self-Guided Tour Lenox, Massachusetts 800-272-6935 

Self-Guided History Tour

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